"Holy crap, Desulated's been missing for 2 months and now he's back!?"
Well, sorry guys, but don't get your hopes up. This is, for real, my final and last blog on Gamespot as I am officially calling it quits. This place just doesn't interest me anymore compared to 3 years or so before, not to mention the majority of the unions I go to are dead and lack any spirit of posting or whatsoever. The fact I'm into my 3rd year of university, lacking a job, and writing a heavily planned fanfic gives me all the more reasons to stray away from this site and pursue more interesting things.
5 years is more than enough. I've really grown tired of coming here when people aren't active and discussions are no longer as lively. Oh, and did I mention I never liked the new features and designs. Heh.
A lot of people here have made my time here a memorable one, but after over half a decade, it's time to say goodbye. I won't mention anyone, because any commoner with me has definitely given me a lot of good, not so good, or sour memories. :P Nah, I'm joking. You're all special, one way or another. :D
Our paths are not written and we may have to forge and follow our own roads of the future, but in the end, we all go our separate ways.
Good news too, for I have managed to earn my driver's license just this last week! Suffering a car crash (recorded in a previous blog) and 2 failures due to anxiety and nervousness, I have finally passed. The road is all but mines! *laughs evilly* Kidding, but yep, I'm finally able to drive!
As a farewell treat, I have one last movie review to write out before I pull the plug here. I might write more in the future if I feel like it, but most likely I won't.
Today, we have the 12th Pokemon movie and the 3rd in the Diamond and Pearl era. It's...
MORSHU THE MOVIE!!!!!
...haha, I got you people there, right? In all seriousness. Here's the real thing.
It's Arceus and the Jewel of Life. Of course, once again, blame my brother for making me buy this movie for him! Grr. -_-
Released in 2009, it is the last DP era movie that deals with the Sinnoh Legendary Pokemon.
Plot Summary (once again, spoilers alert.):
In a secluded region of the Sinnoh continent lays a quiet, Greek-themed city (funnily enough, this movie is based on literal immortals and the latter country happens to be the land of 'em) by the name of Michina town lays a legend where a desolate wasteland once overtook the land before the town became a prosperous and peaceful settlement, a world plagued with terrible weather and famine. The world, by a twist of fate, faced judgment in the form of an apocalyptic bombardment of meteors and asteroids, and the inhabitants of the wasteland prayed to the stars for salvation.
It came in the form of the legendary Pokemon Arceus-using its talents of being immune to many elements of attack, it nearly sacrificed its life to save the people, and in return, provided 5 of its "plates" (based on elements of the Earth) to craft the Jewel of Life, an orb capable of revitalizing any life its rays of light happen to touch. Entrusted to a man called Damos, Arceus departed for the stars, waiting for the day where the human would have to return the artifact to the interstellar entity.
The day came, and without warning, Arceus is betrayed as Damos orders the Pokemon to be buried alive. From the shadows, his brother watches with glee, but not before the divine entity destroys the set-up ambush and vows to return when it will judge all of humanity...
Fast forward to the modern day where Ash and his friends arrive in his town and witness Michina Town in all of its blossoming glory. Having a quick Pokemon battle before heading into town, a twist of events begin to turn the peaceful day into a fated one-apparently, they had arrived in the town where Arceus happened to return to Earth to give its inhabitants one last chance for redemption. To start things off, massive whirlpools and dimensional wormholes come their way, threatening to drag the gang into...somewhere. Thankfully, the legendary Pokemon Dialga and Giratina arrive via portals of their own and save the group, but Giratina showed up for its own reason-to settle an old grudge with Dialga.
Two inhabitants, Sheena and Kevin (the former being a descendant of Damos) make their appearance and Sheena calms down Dialga by communicating with her via telepathy, much to Ash's amazement who also is surprised when Giratina listens to his words of pleading the Renegade Pokemon to stop battling. Palkia shows up after to continue the battle with Dialga (the events in Rise of Darkrai) but Sheena's telepathic abilities are able to settle the conflict, bringing peace to the three legendaries for good.
The chain of odd events (all of them making reference to the previous movies) is later revealed by Sheena and Kevin that they are all of Arceus's doings, caused by the fluctuation of his powers capable of distorting existence itself in preparation for his awakening. Unfortunately, they have little time to prepare as Arceus appears, attacking the town with a catastrophic carpet bombing of asteroids.
The Creation Trio once again, shows up and in a odd turn of events, side with the humans as all three of them battle Arceus, but even with their combined strength they do little damage to their master. Angered and disgruntled, Arceus threatens to wipe out all three of them along with humanity, and in a last effort to save Michina, Dialga uses the last of her powers to send Sheena, Ash and his friends back to the day where the betrayal occurs. Meanwhile, Palkia and Giratina begin a hopeless struggle against their former creator in order to buy the human protagonists enough time to alter what really happened.
With just enough time, the group might be able to save the future.
This movie, while it leaves a lot to be desired for in terms of a plot that doesn't leave confused heads and questioning minds, did quite well if not too terribly good. As this is the final DP era movie to feature not one, but ALL the major Sinnoh legendaries (at least the well known ones) it is also the last film to feature the legendaries all in one movie. By this point in the Pokemon timeline, it's all but a forgotten memory in the common kid's mind so this film is pretty much dead in the water in terms of media attention.
However, fans like my brother and partly me have managed to give it at least some attention. A little is better than nothing, right? Well, I guess nothing's perfect. Once again, I've got some pros and cons to list out!
-Arceus's voice actor is...just WTF. No, I am not kidding. I never expected the ultimate Pokemon god to sound like Frieza from DBZ and Ghor from Metroid Prime 3 combined into a whackjob of a character! I expected him to have a noble and gentle voice akin to the stereotypical rich gentleman, but nope. His voice actor really bummed me out here.
-Lack of the Creation Trio's involvement. Aside from their attempt to beat some sense into their master or the usual quarrel at the beginning, they don't play much of a role here. However, they all did some nice parts back in Rise of Darkrai and Sky Warrior.
-Dull, if not absolutely mediocre, plot. Apparently, the crap in the bucket all started because Marcus (no, not the Gears of War character) mind-controlled Damos and attempted to kill Arceus so the Jewel of Life would bring eternal prosperity to the land without challenge or opposition.
-Arceus is presented as an absolutely immortal entity capable of repelling all attacks, as none of the legendaries' attacks (even their signature moves) have any effect but ordinary Pokemon managed to severely wound him in the past with ORDINARY ATTACKS. Uhm, am I missing something here?
-Dialga, Palkia and Giratina all going up against Arceus in a myriad of a shooting gallery and high-speed aerial collisions. I think anyone would want to see that, whether you like Pokemon or not! Let's not forget, all three of them, save for Dialga, wanted each other's heads on a plate. Geeze, Dialga must be really hated among the trio. XD
-I'll be frank here-while Arceus had a "the heck" voice, it was rather badass, in the strange way. The fact he screams "You shall all be judged!" in an overly pissed off mood before bombarding his opponents in a meteor strike just strikes the epitome of intense and awe-gasping. Why is this in the pros section too, you ask? It's probably the fact I love AND hate his voice at the same time, for varying reasons. Oh well. :lol:
-This movie shows just how close the protagonists were to in terms of eternal destruction-if it wasn't for time travel, it would be likely they wouldn't stand a chance, even with the power of 3 legendaries behind them. It became so vital for the group to time travel in order to avert Arceus-wrought cataclysm raining down upon Michina Town's heads. :P
-An awesome setting. A movie that takes place in the town of the immortals, while concidentially, Michina Town is based off Greece's major cities? The movie creators did a well-done job with that. When it comes to Pokemon movies, it's rare to see the settings department falter-each and every one of them is bristling with life and spirit, as if you are actually in the real-life counterpart.
*spoilers end here.*
Arceus and the Jewel of Life is the final DP movie before any Generation 5 Pokemon are introduced, and even though it seemed to be all but futile effort to throw in all the legendaries into one film one last time before they are forgotten and slowly drift away via the streams of time, it did a rather fair job. I've watched Rise of Darkrai (all thanks to a friend at university who also happens to be a DBZ and Pokemon nut) but not Sky Warrior, so people who don't watch the previous two will have a hard time understanding Jewel of Life. I will give the movie a final score of 7.9/10.
For a twist of changes here, the DP movies were more about explosions and Pokemon attempting to kill each other. The previous films focused more on a plot and dialogue, but here, it's mostly Pokemon the size of aircraft and houses mauling each other apart with space-age techniques. :P
Above all else, this is a movie that is so-so in terms of the recommendation department, but if you love Pokemon, it won't hurt if you give this a check.
That's my final blog on GS, and the 110th one to boot. Farewell my Gamespot friends, but do not worry-I might return once in a while, but I'm done in terms of activeness, extensive blogging and heavy conversations here.
Why is my name Desulated, you may ask? Heheheh, well, I made this account and during that time period, I was rather obsessed with this one RTS game. I decided to base my name off a favorite unit from that. That's the mystery unraveled. :lol:
I have to thank all the friends I've made here-without you, I wouldn't have stayed long here. You paid attention to my blogs, stood my boring rants and either praised or bashed me when the times called for it. :P Thank you for your contributions.
You can still find me on sites like youtube and fanfiction.net. Talk to me if you want my account names from there.
Peace out. I wish you all a successful path in whatever you pursue in your lives.